A team from the Utah Wildlife Resources Department found a strange, stone-like structure in the Utah desert, prompting netizens to joke about the weirdness of 2020.
Department employees were conducting a census of the number of large sheep in a remote area of southeast Utah last week when they spotted a strange object with a helicopter from the state’s Public Safety Department.
Upon closer inspection, officials realized they had come across a lump of mineral planted in an isolated area of red rocks.
The Utah Department of Public Safety released photos and videos of its employees marveling at the strange structure, which is estimated to be 10-12 feet (3-3.6 meters) high.
The Utah Department of Public Safety said in a press release that it did not discover the site of the monolith because it is located in a “very remote” area.
Although it is unclear how this structure was set up in such an area, experts believe that it may have been a kind of artwork. Therefore, in its statement, the administration reminded the public that it is illegal to tamper with the protected lands.
— David Clinch (@DavidClinchNews) November 24, 2020
— Andrew Adams (@AndrewAdamsKSL) November 21, 2020
It is illegal to install structures or artwork on federally administered public lands without a license, “regardless of which planet they belong to.”
The mysterious structure caused a sensation on social media, with Twitter users referring to the infamous Monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s book 2001: A Space Odyssey (2001: A Space Odyssey).
Hadn’t noticed this https://t.co/sMsTXrUyML
— Andrew Adams (@AndrewAdamsKSL) November 24, 2020
This is awesome @AndrewAdamsKSL ! The fact that the strange metallic object is 12 feet tall & placed in such a remote area is intriguing beyond description.
— Brandon Fugal (@BrandonFugal) November 21, 2020
Others have put forward humorous theories about how the monolithic bloc might have found itself in such a remote corner of the United States.
For many, the discovery was on par with a general, fluid course of political turmoil and health crises.
I beg you 2020, no.
— Random Person (@RandomP79134143) November 24, 2020
And the world may never know where the metallic object came from. Utah officials said they are still investigating whether the strange discovery warrants further investigation
I think they left something behind? pic.twitter.com/q0Sbu5FKyY
— Gene Simmons (@GeneSim54132213) November 24, 2020